The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to
ensure follow-up of outcomes from the 1992 United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the 11th session of the
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), it was decided to review the
implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21
and JPoI, in two year cycles with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and
Each two year CSD cycle is separated into a review and policy year. The review year focuses on assessing the progress in implementing the JPoI, CSD-6/9, Agenda 21 and the Programme for Further Implementation of Agenda 21 with respect to the thematic cluster for that cycle. The policy year focuses on identifying options and actions to address constraints and obstacles identified during the review year.
At the 11th session, regional commissions were also invited to take a lead role in
organizing regional implementation meetings (RIM) to contribute to the work
programme of the CSD. Subsequently, the first Regional Implementation Meeting on water, sanitation and human settlements, along with other preparatory work, was organized by UNESCAP in preparation for CSD-12/13.
Asia-Pacific RIMs have been characterized by constructive multi-stakeholder discussion and resulted in substantive outcomes that have supported a strong representation of Asia-Pacific perspectives and sharing of lessons learned.
The UN General Assembly (UN Resolution 64/236) has decided that the work of the Commission would be postponed for one year in light of the preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), and that the Regional Implementation Meetings scheduled for 2011 would become the Regional Preparatory Meetings for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.